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Ahmad Sarbani didn’t take money from company, inquest told

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- Customs Assistant Director Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed never took any money from freight forwarders Schenker Logistics Sdn Bhd, a senior executive of the company told the Coroner's Court here today.

Wan Zainalabidin Wan Zaki, 47, said that Ahmad Sarbani never received any money from Schenker Logistics and that the company and he himself never offered the deceased a bribe.

Wan Zainalabidin is the 11th witness in the inquest into the death of Ahmad Sarbaini, 56, whose body was found on the first floor of the Federal Territory Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission building in Jalan Cochrane last April 4.

He said that Ahmad Sarbaini had asked him to tell the MACC that he had never given money to him (the deceased).

He said that Ahmad Sarbaini telephoned him on April 5 at 11am, and he told the deceased: "If the MACC calls, I will explain.

Wan Zainalabidin said that Ahmad Sarbaini had called him a day earlier at 8.55pm to tell him that he had mentioned his name to MACC.

When they met the following day in a restaurant, Zainalabidin said, he asked Ahmad Sarbaini why he had mentioned his name, and the customs officer told him he could not think (when he was interviewed by a MAAC officer).

"He said that he was at a loss and remembered only the names 'Zainal' and 'Schenker'. I think he was feeling pressured," Zainalabidin said, in reply to Deputy Public Prosecutor Azlina Rasdi.

Wan Zainalabidin said he contacted the deceased at 9.55pm the same day (April 5) to ask how he was.

"He sounded sad when he said to me: 'I did not expect you to be such a good friend. You give me the spirit to live'. That was the last conversation we had," recalled the witness.

Earlier, MACC Assistant Superintendent Henrita Serai Anak Andrew Lenggie said she was shocked and almost blacked out on seeing a body on the first floor of the building.

"I entered the pantry at Level 3 and was surprised that the window near the sink was wide open. I instinctively looked down and I saw a body covered with blood," she said, responding to counsel Awtar Singh, who is holding a watching brief for the family of the deceased.

Henrita, 24, who is the 10th witness, said she thought she recognised the man as she had talked to him.

She said that she immediately informed the investigating officer in the case, Abdul Ghani Ali, and Assistant Superintendent Kamal Awang Besar.

Replying to a question from counsel Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing the MACC, she said that Abdul Ghani and Kamal were shocked when told about what she saw.

"They had been looking for him as he seemed to have suddenly disappeared from the third floor of the building," she said.

Ahmad Sarbaini, 56, was reported to have gone to the MACC office voluntarily to see the investigating officer in a case involving 62 customs officers.

The inquest before Coroner Aizatul Akmal Maharani continues on Monday.

 

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